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TGI Friday's Plans City Centre Restaurant

Cross Street site for American-themed dining chain

Written by . Published on August 23rd 2011.

TGI Friday's Plans City Centre Restaurant

RETRO American-themed bar and restaurant TGI Friday’s is set to open its first restaurant in Manchester city centre, in the Royal Exchange Arcade on Cross Street.

A planning application is currently being considered by Manchester City Council to convert the ground floor unit and add a mezzanine level to accommodate more diners.

“It may have some impact [on business] but people know Frankie and Benny’s and will continue to come here."

The restaurant chain has been in business for more than 44 years, including 25 years in the UK, and has more than 1,000 restaurants worldwide. The American-style bar and restaurant chain is known for its cocktails and grill fare.

The restaurant will primarily occupy the ground floor unit formerly used by RBS, with plans for 318 covers and a further 100 on the mezzanine floor.

The building is Grade II listed and plans suggest the restaurant will maintain much of the character of the building while carrying out some modifications.

The menu is a celebration of all things American, signature dishes include: Loaded Potato Skins (£4.99), Cajun Wicked Chicken (£13.29), Jack Daniels Ribs (£10.99 for half a rack). There is also a range of steaks and burgers and a whole host of dishes featuring Friday’s signature Jack Daniels sauce.

TGI Friday’s is as much a bar as a restaurant and offers an extensive selection of cocktails (starting at about £5) as well as some signature cocktails.

The manager of nearby 1950s American themed Frankie and Benny’s restaurant, on St Ann’s Square, said: “It may have some impact [on business] but people know Frankie and Benny’s and will continue to come here."

Nobody at TGI Friday's was available for comment.


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13 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

The LiquoristsAugust 23rd 2011.

oh my.....

Tom HilesAugust 23rd 2011.

Yeah, cos that's what the city centre needs. I guess Harvester weren't interested in the unit?

RayAugust 24th 2011.

Last time I was at one of these, I thought the onoin rings had leprosy, soch was the way in which they were shedding dried batter

J] MasonAugust 24th 2011.

Can't wait..... (roll eyes)

pollolocoAugust 24th 2011.

The arndale might be a better location for it

ConmanAugust 24th 2011.

The palace of the cotton lords becomes a burger barn for the shopping hoards.

*shakes head*

ConmanAugust 24th 2011.

Anyone fancy investing in my British greasy spoon caff franchise? Aimed at the American market, it will offer traditional British service station favourites such as Watery Coffee Silly Mug, Congealed Cholesterol and Mashed Potato Cheap Tray. Working title for the chain is 'FFS its Monday'. Planning a soft launch on Times Square where our market research has revealed considerable latent demand for our brand of 'British exotica'. Enquiries to +44 0800 FFS FFS.

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RayAugust 26th 2011.


Anthoney BallAugust 28th 2011.

What a set of "head up your own arseholes" we have on here. Nothing wrong with TGI's, which always delivers good value food and they will be a welcome addition to the city centre.

RayAugust 30th 2011.

Chip on your shoulder, Anthony? There are plenty of places like TGI already in town, so that part of the market is served well already. I used to like TGIs a long time ago, but had some dreadful experiences in the late 1990s. I don't like it not because it is basic, good value, but because it adds nothing to the Manchester dining scene.

James SpencerAugust 30th 2011.

Do the staff still dance on the tables? Surely it should be nearer the Printworks if not inside

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